Dan Chmielewski

Earmark the Spot

This post on the Flash Report covers Rep. John Campbell’s fight against an earmark for Rep. Charlie Rangel of New York. Mr. Flieschman opines: We’re all very proud of Campbell who in his short time on Capitol Hill has garnered a reputation for being one of the most dogmatic fiscal watchdogs in Congress. Fiscal watchfdog? …

What is Your Definition of Liberty and Equality? Or, How Progressive Thought is Aligned with Facists, Nazis

My assemblyman Chuck DeVore was awarded “Young Republication Federation of California (YRFC) Legislator of the Year” award recently, and being his own best press agent, he posted notice about it on Red County. When I comment on other sites, I tend to leave it there, but this one screamed for reaction from the readers of…

And Ackerman fires back…

July 25, 2007 The Honorable Don Perata Senate President pro Tempore State Capitol, Room 205 Sacramento, CA 95814 Dear Senator Perata: I just received your letter regarding tomorrow’s budget vote. To be clear, there was no agreement as to how we were going to proceed regarding the proposed budget. Your written letter does not follow…

Put Up or Shut Up Time in the Senate

Here’s a copy of a letter sent by Senate majority leader Perata to Senator Dick Ackerman.  Perata knows the cuts proposed by the GOP minority are not as deep as Senator Tom McClintock would like; since McClintock hasn’t voted for a budget since he was an assemblyman, I have no idea how Ackerman can make…

Flash: Pot calls Kettle Black

Last week, Jon Fleischman had no trouble calling assembly and senate Democrats “whores.”  Flattering visual, isn’t it? Today, he posts a story from Republican Senator Dave Cox, over Nunez aide Steve Maviglio’s comments to the San Francisco Chron that “we (Democrats) don’t negotiate with terrorists.” Cox is upset by the remark.

The Obstructionists in Irvine, Sacramento and Washington

Republicans thump their chests constantly as the party of freedom when they really should lay claim to the party of obstruction.  In Irvine, the Great Park Design Contract was finally approved by a 3-2 vote with obstructionists Christina Shea and Steven Choi voting no.  My kids, my friends and neighbors are all looking forward to…